Bexhill man arrested accused of filming underage girls on nudist beach using special keyring (From The Argus)
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Bexhill man arrested accused of filming underage girls on nudist beach using special keyring
A holidaymaker will appear in a French court after allegedly filming nude young girls with a secret camera on his key ring.
The 41-year-old man from Bexhill was arrested on June 8 by police in Carcassone after he was spotted acting oddly on a nudist beach.
According to French media, the man was sidling up to groups of naked underage girls.
Worried holidaymakers alerted police who took him in for questioning.
They found a miniature camera, which had been attached to a key ring so it would not be noticed.
Investigators then found several films of teenagers in the suspect's camera.
The public prosecutor of Beziers, Patrick Mathe, said: “He was placed under surveillance, and this was extended to check with Interpol if this individual had any previous record”
He has been questioned since Wednesday afternoon and will appear in court on 20 November.
Mr Mathe added: “He didn't touch the teenagers he filmed and his psychological profile shows that he is not dangerous.”
During his examination, the Bexhill man explained to policeman that he had bought this camera before he arrived in Agde from an online web site specialising in discreet videoing material as used in reduced form in model aeroplanes and easy to handle drones.
He had left England and his family of four children a few days earlier for a short break. He had been staying, since his arrival in the area, in a hotel in Marseillan where he had reserved a room for a few days.
It is understood the man thought he had every right to take the videos, which he thought were neither pornographic nor disturbing.
Filming is strictly forbidden from filming on the naturist beach at Cap d'Agde and there are staff who supervise people who display abnormal behaviour.
The beach is also equipped with video surveillance cameras placed at strategic points on the beach to spot any inappropriate movement from more than 400 metres.
According to French media, the man is a senior executive in a large English firm and explained to police that he had no particular aim in filming the young girls.
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